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Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale Awards First $20,000 Prize for Best of Show

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For the first time in the 28-year history of the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale in Cody, Wyoming, an artist has been awarded a $20,000 cash prize for Best in Show.

Kyle Sims, a young artist from Belgrade, Montana, took Best of Show honors with his oil painting entitled "Spring Loaded," a 34 x 34 inch image of a mountain lion about ready to leap into action.
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"It is steeped in the wildlife tradition and is a powerful image in the wildlife motif that beautifully captures a moment in time," according to the judges. "It pulls you in right away and holds you, conveys the tension of the moment and is thus well-titled. It is exceptionally executed: proportion and composition are perfect. This was a unanimous choice."

The announcement of the Best of Show winner was made Sept. 4, 2009 along with awards for Best of Sculpture ($2,500 prize), and Best of Two-Dimensional Work ($2,500 prize).

"Offering this award puts the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale in the company of the best Western art shows in the country," Matt Hall, show chairman, explained. "Our artists have consistently delivered the most extraordinary interpretations of the American West, and now for the first time, we're quantifying just how much we appreciate the effort."

The winner of Best of Sculpture is Robert Deurloo, of Salmon River, Idaho, for his bronze entitled "The Fighter" while the winner of Best of Two-Dimensional Work is Karen Vance, of Winter Park, Colorado; for her work "Emerging Spring."

"(The Fighter) is sleek and powerful with great lines and makes a simple, graceful statement," the judges said about Deurloo's sculpture of a trout jumping. "It is well-executed with a beautiful, understated patina. It is a truly western piece."

The judges added that "(Emerging Spring) conveys the spirit of western landscape with superior atmospherics - bravo! These are complex techniques and the artist's execution is spot on. It is glorious and grand but intimate at the same time,"

The Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale is a fine art sale with a Western theme, offering works relating to the land, people and wildlife of the American West. Artists offer a broad range of stylistic interpretations of the West, in oil painting, watercolor, pastel, sculpture, ceramic and mixed media. All works are original art.

The Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale benefits the prestigious Buffalo Bill Historical Center and is held in conjunction with the Center's Patrons Ball and Cody High Style, all part of Cody, Wyoming's annual Rendezvous Royale Celebration of the Arts. See the Web site at
www.rendezvousroyale.org for more information.

The Buffalo Bill Art Show is on display in the Historical Center's John Bunker Sands Photography Gallery through the live auction on Sept. 25, 2009. To see the work to be auctioned during this year's show, visit
www.buffalobillartshow.com or call (307) 587-5002 for information.

 
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